New shoes, new shoes, red and pink and blue shoes. . . .

Tell me, what would you choose if they let you buy?

That’s a memory from childhood triggered by Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris, the book I am reading at the moment. The poem is one that I had to learn when I was at school.  It is a happy poem and one that brings back happy memories.

Choosing Shoes

by Frida Wolfe

New shoes, new shoes,
Red and pink and blue shoes.
Tell me, what would you choose,
If they’d let us buy?

Buckle shoes, bow shoes,
Pretty pointy-toe shoes,
Strappy, cappy low shoes;
Let’s have some to try.

Bright shoes, white shoes,
Dandy-dance-by-night shoes,
Perhaps-a-little-tight shoes,
Like some? So would I.

BUT
Flat shoes, fat shoes,
Stump-along-like-that shoes,
Wipe-them-on-the-mat shoes,
That’s the sort they’ll buy.

Unfortunately I am one of those people who has “generously proportioned” feet so shoe buying has always been a bit of a chore for me.  There never seems to be the shoes that I want in my size.

shoesI love it that when kids are little it doesn’t matter what size the shoes are as long as they can get them on their feet.

big boots

10 thoughts on “New shoes, new shoes, red and pink and blue shoes. . . .

  1. What a wonderful poem. I love it. It reminds me that when I was 8 years old, I wanted red shoes. And I did get red shoes. I don’t even remember those shoes, I just have a photo of them 🙂

  2. What a wonderful poem, and it’s funny the way children will put anything on their feet. I don’t remember this but my mum says that when I was a child I was only interested in hats and shoes and didn’t bother if I had anything on inbetween. I agree with you about red shoes, there’s something very special about them.

  3. I am from Trinidad and Tobago. I had to learn this poem. It was my favorite poem of all time. Two nights ago I was telling my kids about poems we had to learn in school. For the life of me I could not remeall the words. That was 40 plus year ago. So i set out to find this poem and there you were. I was so happy. Now my kids can learn it too. Thank you for your post

    • Hi June,
      Thank you so much for your comment. It is always good to know that someone else is reading what I put out there. I loved poetry at school and as a teacher I also enjoyed instilling a love of poetry in my pupils. I hope they have remembered some of the poems they learnt when I was their teacher.
      Regards, Heather

  4. My mother had a poetry book, copyrighted 1918, that I used to pore through as a child. There were multitudes of great poems, but this was my favorite. Still have the book, its pages fragile and yellow with age. Still have the poem memorized.

    • Hi Caroline,
      So lovely to get your comment. I have always loved poetry and one of my favourite books is a very old poetry book by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. My dad used to quote her often and I was delighted when I found the book in an antique book shop.

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